For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Glittermouse!
Since the band’s beginning in 2009, Glittermouse has released a steady stream of four EPs, the most recent of which, The Dream is Dead. Long Live the Dream. (album cover pictured above), was released this past December. Now, building off that momentum, the group is looking towards a full length effort, as the band’s Jeremy Mumenthaler expresses in to CVU.
“We will be releasing a full length album in 2012 with continuous supplemental pieces throughout the year,” Mumenthaler reveals. “We’re doing what we want, possibly to a fault; these songs are weirder and braver… and strong… and loud… and grumpy… and oblivious to reality.”
Mumenthaler states that the album’s tentative title is Brain Valley Frontier, which, the artist says, is in reference “to the creases (sulci) in your brain. And the notion of rethinking the way we think things. The album, and the band are moving into a place where we’re going to question pop music, and the rules of it. As well as the general subject matter of the lyrical content.”
“This will also be a driving force behind our release mechanism,” Mumenthaler continues. “We decided after we released our 4th EP, The Dream is Dead. Long Live the Dream., in December, that we were done releasing on CDs. They’re essentially a dead medium, used as a way to transport music from a store to your iTunes, or relative PC equivalent. So, we figure to cut out the middle man. We’ve released all of our previous music for free digitally on our website, and then released limited edition special physical versions. And we’re thinking that, for Brain Valley Frontier we’ll do the same sort of thing: Free digital version and a super-nifty physical version. We’ve discussed vinyl and singing pop-up books at this point. So we have no idea what it will end up being but the aspect of having a physical counterpart to our musical endeavor is essential.”
Download Glittermouse’s discography thus far through the band’s site, and catch Glittermouse live on Sunday, March 4th at Lincoln Hall. And catch the video for “Animal Craquerz,” off the group’s Fuck Yeah! OR The Rainbow Beast, The Broken Bomb, and The Fate of the Earth EP, below.
It was earlier this month when CVU posted a series of studio updates from Chicago indie pop outfit Glittermouse. Now, a new video from the group reveals the title of the act’s forthcoming EP release, set to touch down in March. Check the clip below to find out the name of the new effort, which is best kept a surprise in advance of the reveal.
Tomorrow night, Thursday, February 3rd, quirky indie pop act Glittermouse and recent CVU 2011 Forecast act Color Radio perform a free show at Lincoln Hall. For those not yet familiar with Glittermouse, the group’s Signs Of Life EP is available as a free download via the band’s official site. Or for footage of the act live, check out the Glittermouse page at Secret Note Shows, featuring performance video of the outfit’s December 2010 set at Schubas.
Find out a commercial for the show below, followed by studio updates via the band’s Vimeo channel on the next Glittermouse EP. The effort, set to drop on March 11th and the follow up to the group’s Signs Of Life release, is scheduled as the second of four planned Glittermouse EPs. Watch CVU for the latest on that, as well as updates and music from Color Radio and its upcoming album Architects.